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G.H. Franz’s Modjadji : archetypes of time and the transcendence of history

L.P. Boshego, D.W. Lloyd
Literator | Vol 30, No 3 | a92 | DOI: https://doi.org/10.4102/lit.v30i3.92 | © 2009 L.P. Boshego, D.W. Lloyd | This work is licensed under CC Attribution 4.0
Submitted: 16 July 2009 | Published: 16 July 2009

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L.P. Boshego, Department of Educational Studies, University of South Africa, Pretoria, South Africa
D.W. Lloyd, School of English Studies, University of South Africa, Pretoria, South Africa

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This article examines the Northern Sotho play, “Modjadji”, written by G.H. Franz. The text, about which there is little significant critical literature, presents in mythological terms the quest of the Lobedu rain queen, Modjadji, for secure governance and release from the exigencies of history, both for herself and her people. Through staged ritual, the play evokes archetypes of time to raise a mythic consciousness. This ontology employs a notion of circular time to transcend linearity and its inexorable teleology. Ultimately, the text attempts to extract viable elements of traditional epistemology in order to accommodate its addressees to modernity.


African Religion; Lobedu; Political Structures; The Rain Queen Modjadji; Northern Sotho Literature; Conceptions Of Time


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